Skull Scrying, by Lupa, self-published 2015.
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I love to collect tarot and oracle decks, but divination is not a skill that comes naturally to me so learning to scry was far from my mind. However, having heard that Lupa had recently released a book on the subject I thought that I should at least give it a try!
My collection of skulls is surprisingly small (I really must rectify that), but I had two volunteers – a dog skull, and a kitten skull. Those belonging to the wilder animals were not interested in getting involved. For practical reasons, I chose to scry with the dog. He’s robust, whereas the kitten is very small and fragile. (I hope to work with the kitten in future though, now I have a better idea of what I am doing!)
Following the advice from Lupa, the dog and I spent a short time in deep conversation about his time as part of a living being, and what he thinks constitutes a good life. Nothing earth-shattering, as most of it can be learned from spending time with any dog (alive or dead).
Skull scrying is not a tool I’d use for divination, in the magical, mystical sense of the word, but it is something I will use when I want to get to know the spirits residing in the skulls that come into my care, and for asking the advice of those individual spirits; in a similar way to when I ask Lucy, my cat, for some sort of reassurance or guidance. It is a wonderfully intimate way to converse with sacred remains, and I would recommend that my fellow death workers try skull scrying (if they haven’t already, I’m usually late to the party).
The book itself is short and sweet (which is reflected in it’s price), and Lupa does her usual job of covering the practical side of the work before going into the esoteric stuff. In this case, she takes time and care to discuss the laws around acquiring and trading animal remains, and some ethical considerations practitioners need to make before deciding on working with skulls.
Lupa goes on to describe two techniques in which to scry, one short-and-sweet, the other more suited to longer ritual work. Both are easily accessible to those who have passed Paganism and Magic 101. There is nothing there that is intimidating. Skull scrying is a skill for anybody who cares to learn.
There is one negative mark against the book though; the e-book comes as a PDF. As a rule, I never buy PDF books as (unlike proper e-books), the fonts and their size cannot be changed so are near impossible to read on a screen or tablet. Personally I found the font far too small and had to squint to read the book. This is my individual preference though, and has no bearing on the quality of Lupa’s writing. If you are like me, perhaps consider spending a bit more money on getting a hard copy.
If you are a collector of animal remains, this book may give you some ideas on how to get to know the spirits attached to them. If you are already working with the spirits, this book may open up a whole new way of speaking with them. Both reasons are well-worth the price of this little book.